The Delhi police have reportedly “picked up” a 21-year-old climate activist from Bengaluru in connection with the controversial Greta Thunberg ‘toolkit’. The Delhi Police have taken Bengaluru-based Disha Ravi to Delhi for allegedly “sharing”, “spreading”, and possibly “adding” to the toolkit in question. Sources indicate that an arrest has been recorded.
Reportedly, she was arrested from her house in Soladevanahalli based on an FIR filed by the cybercrimes unit of the Delhi police, making this the first arrest in the matter. However, other sources claim that while she was picked up from Bengaluru, her arrest was officially recorded in Delhi. Official sources are yet to confirm this development. Disha is the co-founder of Fridays for Future (FFF) campaign inspired by Swedish activist Greta’s protests for environment protection. The FFF campaign started in 2018 and comprises of people from different walks of life with a common goal of protecting the environment.
Following the international attention to the farmers’ protest in and around India’s capital, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg had tweeted in solidarity with the movement on February 3. However, problems arose when the original tweet featured a ‘toolkit’ that was allegedly prepared by Khalistani supporters. The original toolkit talked about how why people should participate in the movement and how they can do so. While Greta had deleted the original tweet and uploaded a new ‘toolkit’, the Delhi police filed an FIR against her on the charges of sedition, criminal conspiracy, and promoting enmity between different groups.
Opponents of the ‘toolkit’ have alleged that international attention is a conspiracy to “humiliate” and “demean” India on the international platforms. They have also claimed that Greta and pop singer Rihanna had been paid to tweet on the matter by Khalistani supporters.